Breede River Canoe Marathon Media Release
30 Aug 2017
Rains look to break Cape paddling drought in time for Breede
Robertson – After one of the most frustrating starts to the
winter canoeing season thanks to the drought that has ravaged the
Western Cape and left it’s rivers bitterly low, a spate of cold
fronts have restored water to the Breede River system, and
triggered a wave of entries for the Breede River Canoe marathon
on 16 and 17 September.
Paddlers who took part in the race on the Breede on the weekend
enjoyed 30 cumecs of water in the river, a marked improvement on
the paltry 5 cumecs flow the for the race the week before.
The Breede organisers also point out that the waterfalls through
Du Toitskloof pass are also flowing hinting that the water tables
have risen and the base flow is more stable.
More rain fall is forecast for the latter part of next week,
fuelling the belief in local paddling circles that the Breede
Marathon might escape the drought conditions that plagued the
recent Berg season.
While the early entry shows a spread of Breede faithful across
the K1, K2 and K3 categories, many of the elite crews are leaving
their entries to the last minute, many of them focussed wholly on
the racing at the ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships and the
Masters Cup next week.
Last weekend’s race on the Breede from Eilandia to Robertson was
won by Heinrich Schloms and John de Villiers, holding off the
Maties students Alan Houston and Evan Knight, with World Champs
bound women’s K1 paddler Melanie van Niekerk teaming up with
Scheepers Schoeman to take the last podium spot.
The weekend before, racing on a low river on the second day of
the Breede Marathon route Stu MacLaren, who won last year’s
Breede with Jasper Mocké, took the line honours with his partner
Kenny Rice, a partnership that may well end up on the front row
of the Breede Marathon start line on 16 September. Second on the
occasion was the crew of Graeme Solomon and Edgar Boehm Jnr, with
Schloms and de Villiers third.
This weekend the pre-Breede season shifts to the race covering
the 37km first stage of the Breede Marathon from outside
Robertson to Bonnievale
Normal entries close at 24h00 on Tuesday 5 September 2017.
The 2017 Breede River Canoe Marathon takes place from Robertson to Swellendam on
16 and 17 September. More
information can be found at
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After a long dry
winter, paddlers are enthusiastic that the latest series of cold
fronts will ensure the Breede River Canoe Marathon on 16 and 17
September is held in good water conditions.
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